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Here on Happy Tales, each Sunday is deemed as Oh, Happy Day! and is used as a platform to brag… er…talk… about our little ball of energy. Want to see some more Oh, Happy Day! posts? Check ‘em out here, here, here here and here.
Now that we’re well into February (seriously though…where did January go?), y’all might be wondering how our little Happinator is doing in obedience school. Well, I am pleased to report that she is doing pretty well!
She certainly has picked up a few more commands… such as “stay” (…“stay” is the most important command in puppy school), “take it,” “leave it,” “drop it” and “come.” When we practice at home, Happy has these commands down pat. But whenever we get into the puppy classroom setting (aka… a corral set up smack-dab in middle of PetSmart) Happy tends to get distracted by anything and everything that is happening outside of the coral in the actual store.
What’s this now? A PetSmart worker rolling a cart full of merchandise to the back of the store? Happy’s attention is quickly diverted to the squeaky wheels of the cart. A customer in the store randomly stops by to watch the class in session? Happy thinks it’s her new best friend and tries to get her to join the party.
I don’t want to discredit her, though. Happy has, in fact, accomplished quite a bit in class… and she is by far one of our instructor’s favorites
The instructor, Anthony, says that he could get her to pay attention better and be more *obedient* in class, but he said that it would require being extra tough on her and breaking her happy-go-lucky spirit. Break her spirit, you say?Ummmm, no thank you! We love our pup little pup just as she is! As long as she’s good at home, that’s all the matters to me and Ryan.
Here’s a video Ryan took of Happy a few weeks ago to show Anthony what she is capable of.
When Anthony saw this video last week, he was floored. In fact, he told us that if we could work Happy super hard this week and get her to “stay” for minutes on end, we can go ahead and move right into the intermediate classes next week and forget about the rest of the beginner classes.
Tonight’s class determines whether or not Happy can “skip a grade.” We worked quite a bit with her this week, but nothing too hard. I’ll make sure to report back with what Anthony decides… but to be honest, we’re perfectly content with her staying in the beginner classes.
In case the first video wasn’t entertaining enough… here’s yet another video. This one is from puppy class last week. You’ll see Anthony schooling all of the pups, ha! (Make sure to check out Happy on the far left).
Oh yes, tonight’s class should be interesting…
In the meantime, we’re all gearing up to watch some football over at Caitlin’s –She’s hosting a superbowl party, and we’re all so excited! That’s right, even the Happster get’s to come! Caitlin and I met up on Friday and Happy got to play with James and Maggie while Caitlin and I did some work.
I’m sure tonight will be a puppy-lovefest, as I know there’s going to be at least 5 other pups there. Ohhh I can’t wait for the madness!
Did/do any of you find that your pups do better at home than in a public setting? Who are you hoping to win the Superbowl? Do y’all have outfits for your pups for sporting events?
Hope y’all enjoyed the video’s!